Vietnam sentences five Chinese to death in drug case
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 14:21
Hanoi: A Vietnamese court sentenced five Chinese men to death by firing squad for trafficking nearly 8 tons of hashish in one of the country's biggest drug hauls ever, state media reported on Saturday.

The hashish, with a street value of USD 90 million was seized from two containers full of blue jeans on a ship that arrived in the northern port city of Hai Phong in April 2008, a newspaper reported.

A Hong Kong-based ring planned to transport the drugs from Vietnam to China, it said.

A court in the northern province of Quang Ninh, which borders China, sentenced the five men Friday after a four-day trial.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. About 100 people are executed by firing squad each year, many for committing drug-related offences.

The court ordered the hashish to be destroyed. More than USD 180,000 and 19,758 pairs of jeans were confiscated, the newspaper said.

Sentenced to death were Lu Mingcheng, 52, and Wan Huilan, 42, both from China's Guangdong province; Chan Kwok Kwong, 52, and Ngan Chiu Kuen, 42, both from Hong Kong; and Ieong Chi Kai, 52, from Macau.


First Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 14:21

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